FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WTVD) -- All American Week returns to Fort Bragg for the first time since 2019.
It starts Monday morning with a division run with thousands of paratroopers and then continues all week long with events honoring the military's quick response force.
19,000 paratroopers made their way down the road this morning pumped up for the 4 mile run.
"All the veterans coming out watching us run motivating us it's one of the best feelings you can have honestly," Sergeant Tristen Sanchez said.
The traditions bring Cedric King back, but the lessons learned is what keeps him running.
"Lost good men. Fighting for this country right here lost my own legs in this division," said King who retired from the Army as a master sergeant.
"I gotta show these guys that you can still take a lick and get back in the fight. It's not good enough to say it you have to do it," he said.
All American Week gives Paratroopers, past and present, a chance to celebrate their service in America's Guard of Honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"It's an opportunity for us to come back and celebrate what it is to be part of this division, for those who were a part of this division before as well as those who currently serve. They come together and just have the spirit of comradery," Lieutenant Colonel Brett Lea said.
All the events this week are open to the public.
ABC11 will be bringing you coverage all week.